Migrating a physical SBS 2003 to a virtualized (Hyper V win 2012 R2 host) SBS 2011

I have read that some people were successful doing so, but I wonder hoew i can provide the information from teh "migration answer file" to the SBS 2011 VM in migration mode.
Also would love to hear about other potential snags in the process because of the VM setup.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Use a Generation 1 VM for your SBS 2011 Standard.
Create a Dynamic VHDX file in the host's Disk Management, initialize it, and format it NTFS. 50GB would be enough.
Copy the following into that VHDX:
 + Answer File
 + Server 2008 R2 SP1 x64
 + Latest Exchange 2010 SP/UR
Detach it and attach it to your SBS VM via IDE bus ONLY.
You will be prompted for networking and to "find" the source server. SHFT+F10 to bring up CMD and ping source to make sure it's there then click on.

Once the installer is done you should see the green check mark of love. ;0)

Make sure your AD is healthy first!

We have a great pair of blog posts for this:
 SBS 2011 Setup Guide: http://bit.ly/p3YbXO
 Migration Guide: http://bit.ly/oZ5ePG

Both are on our MPECS Inc. company blog.
JPD153Author Commented:
Excellent blogs > Really good info and procedures.
I would however be grateful if yu could expand a bit the processes you suggested in the answer.
Do I need to create 2 VMs on the host, one for the SBS 2011 and one for the answerfile ?
When you say "copy" Server 2008 R2 SP1 x64 is it just the content of the .iso file ?
Also "Latest Exchange 2010 SP/UR" : Is it the whole exchange or just the Service pack ? What is "UR" ?

Sorry it is my first approach to SBS in Hyper V

Already got a clean DCDIAG on 2003
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Check the Migration Guide for the AD health checks.

VHDX = Virtual Hard Disk file.

After setting up the host OS you can use Disk Management to create a VHDX file and use it for the Answer File, the service pack for the Windows OS, the Service Pack for Exchange 2010, and the latest Update Rollup (UR). That will save you some time having to muck about in SBS 2011 Standard to download the files.

You can then detach the VHDX file in Disk Management and attach it to the SBS 2011 Standard VM in that VM's settings. It must be off to attach to the IDE bus.

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JPD153Author Commented:
I will trying that next week. Thanks for your answers
JPD153Author Commented:
Clear explanations.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:

Note that because the VHDX would be attached via IDE bus the SBS 2011 VM would need to be shut down in order to disengage it.
JPD153Author Commented:
I assume thet I would have to wait until the migration is over to reboot the SBS 2011 ...
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Once the OS Migration Mode install completes successfully copy out the needed service packs, update rollups, and other bits before shutting the VM down. Once shut down it is safe to remove that VHDX from the SBS VM.
JPD153Author Commented:
Will keep you posted and may have to ask further questions if I get confused during the migration (starting Friday PM)
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
It's pretty straightforward. The two blog post guides should help you stay focused. Make sure to check off each step as they are completed (I put a time beside the check to keep me aligned).
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